Work on Katsina-Kano road yet to start months after FG’s approval
The work on second phase of the Katsina-Kano road is yet to start after almost four months since it was approved by the federal executive council in September last year, Katsina Post learned.
Katsina Post also noted growing concerns in the state especially among commuters and other people using the road.
The work which was approved is estimated to cost the Federal government no less than N29.6billion but Katsina checks revealed that no body was mobilized for the work.
It was also noted that the clearing of the road work stopped exactly at the Katsina-Kano border for over six months now.
Recall that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on the 25th of September 2019 approved N109.4billion for the construction of Kano–Katsina (Phase two) and Ibadan – Ilesha–Ife dual carriageways.
This was disclosed to newsmen by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola shortly after the Council’s meeting which held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa.
According to him, N29.6billion was for the construction of phase two of the Kano – Katsina dual carriageway, starting from Gidan Mutun Daya to Katsina Rolling Mill, Katsina while the remaining N79.8billion of the amount would be expended on the Ibadan – Ilesha – Ife dual carriageway.
He said the FEC approval was for phase two of the Kano-Katsina High Way from the point known as Gidan-Mutun Daya all the way to where Katsina Steel Rolling Mill is located.
“This is a 78 km stretch approved at the sum of N29.654 billion. That road is a 172 km road linking Kano and Katsina road from Kano.
“It was a single length highway until it was awarded in 2013 by the previous administration in phase one,’’ he said.
He further explained that the road project, which was inherited from the previous administration, was expanded into a dual carriageway.
“We inherited it and we have continued to execute it. The award was to then expand the road into a dual carriage highway.
“That means we are constructing the existing one and building another new one. It was awarded for the first 70 km plus for the phase 1. “What we have now done is to complete the award to the same contractor, so that there is a uniformity of construction,’’ he said.